European Parliament / The President : ACTA wrong solution to protect intellectual property. Press Release.
ACTA rejected by European Union vote. Declaration of Internet Freedom. EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week. The day before the EU's International Trade committee (INTA) recommended that the European Parliament should reject ACTA, the EU commissioner with responsibility for the treaty, Karel De Gucht, had given a speech to its members, trying to win them over.
Although it was short, it turns out to be highly revealing about the European Commission's future ACTA strategy. Three Strikes Against ACTA In European Parliament Today. Three heavyweight committees in the European Parliament gave their voting recommendations on ACTA today.
All three gave the same recommendation: reject ACTA. EU urged to reject international anti-counterfeiting pact. ACTA and Fundamental Rights. Open Standards consultation needs you! Do you represent an SME?
Do you currently do business with government? Do you want to do business with government? On Tuesday, 24th April between 3:30pm and 5:00pm, we need you. Update Thursday 19th April: Eventbrite registration is now open On Tuesday, 24th April, between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (venue details can be found below), we are asking representatives of SMEs to come and talk to us about the Open Standards consultation.
The consultation can be read in full online but we are aware that sometimes there just isn’t time to read pages of consultations. 1. EU Parliament Will Vote on ACTA Without Delay! Brussels, March 27th 2012 - The EU Parliament refused to freeze the ACTA debate, and will not refer the agreement to the EU Court of Justice.
In a 21 to 5 vote plus 2 abstentions, the Parliament decided to stick to its calendar and will vote on ACTA in June, as originally planned. EU Parliament Will Vote on ACTA Without Delay! Brussels, March 27th 2012 - The EU Parliament refused to freeze the ACTA debate, and will not refer the agreement to the EU Court of Justice.
In a 21 to 5 vote plus 2 abstentions, the Parliament decided to stick to its calendar and will vote on ACTA in June, as originally planned. The Commission's technocratic manoeuvres have not stopped the Parliament, and the door remains open to a swift rejection of ACTA. After an eventful process where a minority of pro-ACTA MEPs used procedural arguments to delay a decision, the EU Parliament's "International Trade" committee refused to refer ACTA to the EU Court of Justice. Such a referral would have delayed for 18 months the final vote on ACTA. Respecting the original timetable, the rapporteur David Martin (S&D, UK) will now present a draft report to his colleagues on April 25th, 2012. The INTA committee, as well as the other committees working on opinion reports, will also resume their works on this illegitimate agreement. 1.
INTA - ACTA assessment.pdf. How the European internet rose up against Acta. Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland sent a letter to his fellow leaders in the EU Friday urging them to reject Acta, reversing Poland's course with the controversial intellectual-property treaty, and possibly taking Europe with them.
"I was wrong," Tusk explained to a news conference, confessing his government had acted recklessly with a legal regime that wasn't right for the 21st century. The reversal came after Tusk's own strong statements in support of Acta and condemnation of Anonymous attacks on Polish government sites, and weeks of street protest in Poland and across Europe. The seeming overnight success came after both years of work by European NGOs, and the spark of the Sopa/Pipa protests in America (which included Wired.com). How the European Internet Rose Up Against ACTA. Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland sent a letter to his fellow leaders in the EU Friday urging them to reject ACTA, reversing Poland’s course with the controversial intellectual-property treaty, and possibly taking Europe with them.
“I was wrong,” Tusk explained to a news conference, confessing his government had acted recklessly with a legal regime that wasn’t right for the 21st century. The reversal came after Tusk’s own strong statements in support of ACTA and condemnation of Anonymous attacks on Polish government sites, and weeks of street protest in Poland and across Europe. The seeming overnight success came after both years of work by European NGOs, and the spark of the SOPA/PIPA protests in America (which included Wired.com). ACTA Protest / Anonymous Sweden. ACTA Update VI. Subscribe to this blog About Author Glyn Moody's look at all levels of the enterprise open source stack.
The blog will look at the organisations that are embracing open source, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be). Contact Author Email Glyn Twitter Profile. Media representative urges European Parliament to reassess ACTA to safeguard freedom of expression. Press/Blog. Stop ACTA & TPP! - Never use trade agreements to mess with the Internet! Act on Acta now if you care about democracy and free speech.
Acta is the latest copyright enforcement scheme to cause alarm among digital activists.
Given its reach, this is understandable. The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement is, despite its name, effectively an international treaty that forces signatories to criminalise "commercial-scale" copyright and trademark infringement. Some of it covers knock-off merchandise, but most applies to the digital world as well. Many of Acta's provisions already exist in countries such the US and the UK – for example, it makes sure courts can block or take down infringing websites – and the idea is ostensibly to bring the rest of the world in line.
However, some elements would go further than existing laws in most of the countries that sign up. European Commission : Trade : ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Protection and enforcement of intellectual property are crucial for the EU's ability to stimulate innovation and to compete in the global economy. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) (such as patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights or geographical indications) enable European inventors, creators and businesses to prevent unauthorized exploitation of their creations, and in return to get compensation for their investment.
IPRs also offer guarantees to users (e.g., trademarks and geographical indications identify the origin of the goods concerned). Read more on the benefits of IP rights Trade and intellectual property in a nutshell IPR support creativity and innovation. European Parliament ACTA study. Act on ACTA refers to a European Parliament Trade Committee commissioned study on ACTA (pdf). The study highlights problematic aspects of ACTA and makes recommendations (see below).
According to the study, “unconditional consent would be an inappropriate response”, and “There does not therefore appear to be any immediate benefit from ACTA for EU citizens”. The study confirms ACTA goes beyond current EU legislation. It recommends asking the European Court of Justice an opinion on ACTA. As a result, the INTA study’s recommendations do not provide a solution to all issues, nor do they describe the remaining issues in full. I’ll be Tweet-chatting next Monday, 30 January « Digital Agenda Commissioner – Neelie Kroes. European Union - Google+ - ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement What is ACTA? … On transparency of the negotiation process: - The Commission negotiators continuously informed the public about the objectives and general thrust of the negotiations, since the first round (June 2008). - Summary reports were issued after every negotiation round. Since April 2010, the negotiating text that was being discussed, has been released.
This and other relevant information are available at DG Trade website: - Furthermore, the Commission organised four stakeholder conferences on ACTA (the first one took place on 23 June 2008, i.e. a few days before the first round of negotiations and the following ones respectively on 21 April 2009, 22 March 2010 and 25 January 2011, in Brussels) which were open to all - citizens, industry, NGOs and press. Bastille 2. How to act against ACTA. This page lists different ways to take action against ACTA right now and to learn more about this dangerous agreement. ACTA is a multi-lateral trade agreement which threatens to change the Internet as we know it and puts fundamental freedoms at risk. The European Parliament will vote on ACTA this Wednesday July 4th and has the occasion to reject it once and for all.
You will find on this page different ways you can act to defeat ACTA as a citizen. Thousands march in Poland over Acta internet treaty. 26 January 2012Last updated at 15:40 The government says protesters will have their say before the treaty is ratified in Poland Thousands of protesters have taken to Poland's streets over the signing of an international treaty activists say amounts to internet censorship. Prime Minister Donald Tusk's government signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Tokyo on Thursday. Österreich unterzeichnet ACTA am Donnerstag. Das umstrittene Anti-Piraterieabkommen ACTA wird von Österreich am Donnerstag in Tokio vom österreichischen Botschafter in Japan unterzeichnet. ACTA and HR 1981 are the Next Major Privacy Threats. While SOPA and PIPA might be laying quietly for now, you can bet that they’ll rise again. For now, we have a couple of other targets to take down, Internet. What's Wrong with ACTA Week.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), is a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement. The agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet, and would create a new governing body outside existing forums, such as the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, or the United Nations. The agreement was signed in October 2011 by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States. In 2012, Mexico, the European Union and 22 countries which are member states of the European Union signed as well. One signatory (Japan) has ratified (formally approved) the agreement, which would come into force in countries that ratified it after ratification by six countries.
Negotiations _acta_series_4_20120119. EU Council Quietly Adopts ACTA, By Hiding It In An Agriculture And Fisheries Meeting. At the end of last week, the Council of the European Union – which is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies – had a meeting. A group of some 40 ministers for agriculture and fisheries signed off on a range of important matters, including: Total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for 2012 Fishing opportunities for 2012 in the Black Sea Authorisation of four genetically modified varieties Aid for processed citrus fruit Welfare of animals during transport Vaccination against bluetongue Excess CO2 emissions from new cars Temporary reception of certain Palestinians Actually, there was another item, but from its penultimate position on the agenda it was clearly not really regarded as very important, and was just waved through.
Here's how the official press release (pdf) reported it: Interestingly, this is not the first time European politicians have used this subterfuge. Live Broadcast. Last Parliament Standing: Europe Final Stronghold Of ACTA Critics. Lawrence Lessig Extended Interview Pt. 1 - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 12/13. Lobbying’s Hidden Influence. The Privatization of Copyright Lawmaking.
Copyright law strikes a balance between private rights and public interests. St10837-re01.en10. Say NO to ACTA. Acta-cemetery.jpg (JPEG Image, 6753x512 pixels) - Scaled (14%) Multilateral anti-counterfeiting trade accord signed in Tokyo. ACTA signed – EU deaf-mute. Will ACTA Be Killed in the EU? September 30th, 2011 — Several of the “like-minded” States that negotiated the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will attend the signing ceremony this Saturday in Tokyo1.
The European Parliament, which will have the final word, will now face its key responsibility towards European citizens: will it accept a text that forces new broadly applicable criminal sanctions, deeply impacting fundamental freedoms, innovation and competition? Will it seize the opportunity to reject once and for all a text that was negotiated outside democratic arenas? UPDATE (October 1st): Canada, Australia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore & the United States have signed ACTA. Samstag wird ACTA beschlossen. Das japanische Außenministerium verkündet auf seiner Webseite, dass am kommenden Samstag, den 1. Oktober das umstrittene ACTA-Abkommen beschlossen und unterzeichnet werden soll. Supports an ECJ opinion on ACTA. Deck.ly post by clarinette « TweetDeck. Leak: How EU prepares next ACTA “technical round” EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate-General for Trade Directorate E - Public Procurement and Intellectual Property, Bilateral Trade Relations Public Procurement, Intellectual property.
Brussels, 3 November 2010 Ref: “LIMITED”